Support the Met Broadcasts

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in American radio history. 

Since 2004, the Met has relied on two major sources of funding for the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts: Toll Brothers and a special Broadcast Campaign Fund that was raised by the late Beverly Sills when Texaco, after 64 years of sponsorship, dropped its funding. The Broadcast Campaign Fund, which included major gifts from The Annenberg Foundation and GRoW @ Annenberg and the Vincent A. Stabile Foundation, now needs to be rebuilt, and we are appealing to everyone for help.

Recognition & Benefits

Please show your support by making a gift today and please be as generous as you can. In appreciation for your support, we offer you the following:

  • $150+ Online access to encore broadcast recordings
  • $300+ Choice of a special Historic Broadcast CD
  • $1,000+ Invitation to National Broadcast Weekend at the Met
  • $2,500+ Recognition in Playbill and the Season Book
  • $25,000+ Leadership gifts receive special recognition
Your gift is very much appreciated and fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Leadership Gifts

Donors of $25,000 or more enjoy special recognition opportunities within the Opera House, depending on gift level, including a seat plaque in List Hall in the Opera House, inscription of the donor’s name on the permanent Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign plaque in the Opera House, and on air dedications in the donor’s honor.  For more information, please call 1-212-870-4181.

Met Broadcast Weekend

For the ninth year in a row, the Met will host a special weekend for supporters of the Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts, featuring an exciting lineup of performances and an exclusive look into the world of the broadcasts with the radio team and Met Broadcast Ambassador Deborah Voigt. Attendees will also have the privilege of attending the final dress rehearsal for Der Fliegende Holländer, and enjoy a series of events providing exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the radio broadcasts. We hope that you will mark your calendar to join us. Below, please find the productions which will be presented as part of the weekend. 

The 2019-20 Season Met Broadcast Weekend will take place between Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1, 2020

For more information, please contact the Special Events office at (212) 870-7492 or

Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 PM
Mozart Cosí fan tutte
Bicket; Car, Malfi, Stober, Bliss, Pisaroni, Finley

Friday, February 28
Wagner Der Fliegende Holländer – New Production
Final Dress Rehearsal
Gergiev; Kampe, Fujimara, Skorokhodov, Portillo, Terfel, Selig

Saturday, February 29 at 1:00 PM
Handel Agrippina – New Production
Bicket; Rae, DiDonato, Lindset, Davies, Rock, Rose

Saturday, February 29 at 8:30 PM
Verdi La Traviata
de Billy; Oropesa, Grigolo, Salsi

Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 PM
National Council Grand Finals Concert

A Proud Tradition

The Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever live radio broadcast, of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, was heard on Christmas day, 1931. Since then, there have been more than 1,800 Met broadcasts of nearly 200 different operas, and the series has won dozens of awards, including nine Peabody Awards, radio’s top honor.

The Met radio broadcasts are now heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.


Thanks to our Donors!

The Metropolitan Opera is very grateful to all the donors who have made gifts to Support the Met Broadcasts.  The Met is honored to acknowledge Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder, for its corporate sponsorship of the 2017-18 broadcast season.

The Metropolitan Opera remains deeply grateful to the Annenberg Foundation and GRoW @ Annenberg, The Neubauer Family Foundation, and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media for their generous long-term support.

Gifts received as of April 17, 2018

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Contact Us

Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023


Contributions to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign do not confer benefits or privileges and are fully tax-deductible. To learn about priority ticketing and other benefits of the Patron and Guild Membership programs, please visit the membership section of this web site.